Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators

My youngest son, Andrew, attends a music school in New York. It was built in the 1920’s and although there have been additions and changes made over the years, its original beauty remains. For Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Indoor Walkways, Hallways, Elevators, I am using photos I took during our recent visit. There is a classic elegance and richness in these old buildings that simply cannot be duplicated.

hallThis hallway was recently restored. Andrew performed here along with others in an opening ceremony at Family Weekend.

hall and stairs

The architecture is detailed and beautiful. You never know what you’re going to find as you walk down the halls.

Even the staircases are impressive!

This school is truly a work of art. The performance halls are impressive with amazing art work and intricate detail. I’m sure it enriches Andrew’s experience as he continues his music studies.

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It’s a Small World

Growing up surrounded by music and finding that there is a song or lyrics to fit every occasion, it’s safe to assume that by my post title, I should have been sharing a fun little Disney video to accompany my photos for Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Small Subjects. Sadly, this is not happening because every video I found was either way too long, having been taped while on the actual ride OR (horror of horrors) the lyrics that people thoughtfully provided were misspelled or grammatically incorrect. I don’t claim to be perfect. I misspell words. I make grammatical errors. But it is a pet peeve of mine and after watching way too many videos with that catchy tune playing, I threw in the towel and admitted defeat. In all that time, I could have shared my photos and been out to lunch!!!.Seriously!

A tiny flower
A tiny flower
Andrew at the lake
Andrew at the lake
These guys loved posing.
These guys loved posing.
My mascot
My mascot

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Back Off Boogaloo

What a way to begin a photo challenge post, right? Cee’s Black and While Challenge: Back of Things called this song to mind. Unless you are a big Ringo Starr fan, you might not know it. He wrote it in 1971 and his former Beatle band mate, George Harrison produced it. At one point it made it to the number 2 spot in Britain and Canada and number 9 on America’s Billboard Hot 100. This song is pure Ringo, if you know what I mean and are familiar with his solo pieces. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing really but the word “back” in the title.

Although I could have taken this challenge in many different directions, I have a habit of taking photos of the backs of my family. At times they have little patience with posed pictures and me trying to capture the moment. I have found that sometimes the best pictures come when the subjects don’t know their picture is being taken!

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Shadows and Reflections

Based on the title of the post, I bet you thought I was going to get all deep and insightful, right? Well, surprise! I’m not. At least not today. Nope, today is all about the pictures. Below you will only find my amateur attempts at participating in Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Reflections and Shadows. (All of the heavy stuff will come later!)

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I clearly remember taking this picture but for the life of me, I cannot remember why.
I clearly remember taking this picture but for the life of me, I cannot remember why.

One sunny day, Beej discovered his shadow.
One sunny day, Beej discovered his shadow.
He tried to grab that spoon shadow for the longest time! :)
He tried to grab that spoon shadow for the longest time! 🙂

Trees

Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Trees

This picture was taken in Central Park, right outside of Strawberry Fields, the tribute to John Lennon. It is one of my favorite parts of the park. While this photo is much more impressive in color, it still brings back fond memories even in black and white.

Central Park

It’s difficult to accurately describe the emotions evoked when visiting the 9/11 Memorial in New York City. It’s as if the rest of the world falls away and you are caught in this alternate universe. The two times I visited, it was not complete but moving and inspiring all the same. The Survivor Tree is a powerful reminder that we are capable of surviving more than we think we possibly can.

Survivor Tree

I found it interesting how much the tone of my last photo changed when seen in black and white. The original picture was taken on an amazing day in May when the sun was shining and the sky was blue and clear. I don’t  get that feeling looking at this picture!

Lake Ontario

Be sure to stop by Cee’s Photography Blog to check out all of the challenges offered and the variety of participants! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by!